"I think sanctions are inevitable, because,as we know, Russia supplies combat vehicles to the east of Ukraine- tanks and heavy weaponry. And there is little evidence of Russiastrives for de-escalation. Therefore, the EU should apply the thirdpackage of sanctions as soon as possible," Wellmann said.
Ukraine, which signed the association agreement with theEU, requires political and economic stabilization."The measures against Russia should betaken," he said.
TheDeputy expressed his confidence that Germany will also supportstricter actions against Moscow. "Germany's position is that theconflict must be resolved, we are making efforts along with others,including Poland, to persuade Russia to change its position. IfRussia won't do this there will be new sanctions applied. Thefederal government made it clear to Russia before," hesaid.
Earlier, European Union leaders will discuss the Ukrainiansituation and may approve new sanctions against Russia on July 16.The EU leaders warned Russia during the previous meeting on June 28that a new set of sanctions to be introduced if the militants donot take efforts to de-escalate the crisis in easternUkraine.